caroline eaton tracey
writer

caroline.e.tracey at gmail dot com

“Enforcing Ecology: Geographies of the Cattle Fever Tick”
Journal of the Southwest 62(4)
Winter 2020

“From the eradication period to the contemporary moment of concern, tick fever changed in popular understanding from an endogenous affliction, a natural part of the landscape, to an invasive threat from Mexico. This was made possible by producing the U.S.-Mexico border as an ecological line, and using the border’s two functions to reinforce one another. Reading tick science and eradication-related agency documents from 1884 to the present, this article traces how the ‘fever
line,’ at first determined climatically as the area above which there wer fewer than 200 frost-free days, was made congruent with the U.S.-Mexico border, and how that border fever line both enabled and was reinforced by metaphors used to describe the disease. Applying the language of
quarantine to ecology transformed a porous and shifting isotherm into a bright-line border, in turn enabling the rhetoric of “threat,” ‘illegality,’ ‘vigilance,’ and ‘invasion’ now used to justify wall building.”







Caroline Eaton Tracey writes about the US Southwest, Mexico, and the borderlands between the two. She speaks and works in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Caroline’s reporting appears in n+1, the Nation, the Guardian, and elsewhere. In Spanish she covers the US-Mexico borderlands for Mexico’s Revista Nexos. Her reportage about migrant death in South Texas won the 2019 Scoundrel Time/Summer Literary Seminars nonfiction contest. 

Her personal essays appear in the Kenyon Review Online, Full Stop, New South, and elsewhere. “A River Passes By Here” was runner-up in the 2020 Financial Times/Bodley Head essay contest; “The Ephemeral Forever” won Ruminate Magazine’s 2021 VanderMey Nonfiction Contest.

Her art writing has appeared in Nexos, Variable West, SFMOMA’s Open Space, and Burlington Contemporary.

She is currently seeking representation for SALT LAKES, her manuscript of essays, as well as preparing a book proposal about the effects of US border and migration policy in Mexico. 

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Caroline Eaton Tracey escribe sobre la geografía de México, el Suroeste de Estados Unidos y la frontera entre ellos. Habla ingles, español y ruso.

Sus artículos aparecen en n+1, The Nation y The Guardian, entre otros lugares. En español cubre la frontera norte para la Revista Nexos. En 2019, un artículo suyo sobre el fallecimiento de migrantes en el desierto del sur de Texas ganó el premio de no ficción de Scoundrel Time/Summer Literary Seminars. 

Sus ensayos aparecen en Kenyon Review Online, Full Stop y New South, entre otros lugares. “Aquí Pasa Un Río” ganó segundo lugar en el premio de ensayo Financial Times/Bodley Head de 2020; en 2021 “Lo Efímero, Para Siempre” ganó el concurso de no-ficción VanderMey de Ruminate Magazine. 

Sus reseñas y ensayos sobre el arte han aparecido en Nexos, Variable West, Open Space (plataforma del Museo de Arte Moderno de San Francisco) y Burlington Contemporary.

Actualmente está preparando un manuscrito de ensayos y una propuesta para un libro sobre los efectos de la política migratoria/fronteriza de Estados Unidos en México. 

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